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Subject: Clipping bass: Blame Tina
It isn't the recording. It was clipping out at the show. What I remember was Tina Weymouth, Tom-Tom Club and T-Heads, playing really loud, thumping bass during their set and I heard something pop. Phil's sound wasn't quite right all night. Not as pristine as usual. They were a few breaks in Set 1 where he was fiddling with his rig, Tina used it earlier, and he didn't look happy. Phil is set up for picking not slapping.
Other than that, one hell of a New Year show.
Very good show and a nice sbd as well. I like the heavy Phil sound in the mix. It's great for those of us who have stereos without a subwoofer.
Subject: Great NYE!!
Overall: Healey Mix is fantastic sound-wise. This show is truly a fantastic show. Great song selection and awesome playing makes this the best NYE show in quite a while (though, not as good as the next year of course).
The scene: Chard and I were in the front row right between Jerry and Brent. We had to get up and get in line at about 9am to get that spot, but it was worth it. You know how everybody has those “Jerry was looking right at me” shows? Well, this was mine. Sometimes during a solo or jam, I’d close my eyes and just bop my head around to the music, following Jerry guitar line, and I’d open my eyes to find Jer staring right at me. I thought I was just high (cid + E = wow), but inbetween sets, Chard was like “Jerry was staring at you for the entire set!!” He was probably just trying to figure out how long I could keep that shit-eating grin on my face! Tom Tom Club opened, and I really thought they were fun.
The music: Brent lights up LTGTR. Listen to Jerry putting extra umph into the “roll away” section in Franklins and you know this show is going to be special. This is my all-time favorite version of Wang Dang Doodle. Bobby’s growling and spitting, Brent’s organ work, Clemen’s sax, it all adds up to sweet sweet perfection. Even West LA (never a favorite of mine) is super strong with Clarence bringing up the energy. One of my favorite Cassidy’s – the entry into the jam is just classic – each person adding just the right subtle touch. Some great little sound effects coming from Mickey during the jam. Full band interplay – they are all in there listening to each other and contributing (as opposed to some jams of this era that would be ruled by just two or maybe three people). Is it just me or do parts of Clarence’s solo in Women R Smarter sound like the theme to that old British comedy show Benny Hill? Drums features Baba Olatunji, Sikiru Adepoju and Kitaro. Olatunji is the one you hear chanting. As Breadbox says below, this is a seamless gorgeous intro to Wheel. Brent’s ethereal intro to GSL, prior to the standard Hammond organ intro is really sweet. The Dew is not the best of 88, but its still really good with a beautiful subtle section that I remember note for note to this day. The 3rd set/encore is good, but at the time I was really hoping for something more (my mistake for having expectations!). Clarence has some great chops in GDTRFB
Subject: 5 stasr
i get goosebumps when i hear jerry sing "Inspiration"
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: This Was A Pretty Good New Years
A good show and wonderful set selections. Not a must have show, but good fer what's ailing ya. Bass is too exaggerated in mix for my liking and so deters my awarding top rate for recording, which is otherwise very clean. Cannot determine if this not the pre-FM feed. Have bass flat in EQ and it's still clipping. Discouraging, too, because I am a Phil Phreak. Has all the earmarks of having that FM bass overdrive. My 18" JBL cannot process the signal.
Subject: Happy New Year!! One of the better gigs of the year
1st Set: It's been awhile since I've heard Phil so predominant in the mix. Musically, "LTGTR" is patient and purposefully mild-mannered, Jerry sounds good which is an optimistic sign. Odd spacing with the vocals. "Franklin's" sneaks up on ya...it's instantly agreeable and gathers force in the seventh minute. But again it has a different feel...like a spacious sway instead of a propulsive beat. Hey, who's on sax during the cool "Wang Dang." Let's keep Mr. Sax man on stage for a whiskey drenched, draggy yet worthy "West LA." Jerry's holding back soloing so Mr. Sax can make a unique imprint onto the song. "Say 'Thank you Clarence.'" (Bobby) "We're going to bring him back later." (Jerry) Like the rest of the show so far, "Masterpiece" is carefully measured, but it's a soulful winner. 70 more seconds of tuning and we're off to the land of the "Cold Rain." Is that Jerry singing the second verse? His voice sounded more nasal and raspy then usual. It's good, if not mind-shattering...but the show needed a rocker by now. 84 more seconds of tuning including a minor "Beer Barrel Polka." "Cassidy" has the right disposition of the evening and is well-performed if a little quiet...wihs it could ruffle a few more feathers. "Ease" is exactly what it's namesake is... an easy way to make
2nd Set: Alright, "Recorded Fanfare and NYE Countdown." I forget the spectacle that was displayed this year. Loud crowd roars greet every new distraction. 10 on down and it's Bill Graham's favorite number, probably because it's an easily digestable linear rocker, "Sugar." I dare anyone to listen to this recording and count the number of balloons popped. Clarence Alemons of Springsteen's "E Street Band" is back near the end and Phil's laying some yummy bombs. (Controversy time: Clarence looks better than he sounds... a Santa Claus of a black man...but he does exude soul and warmth.) The frivolities continue with a rousing, if not brilliant, "Touch." Phil's really available, and it's great to hear him anchor the tune. Pitter/patter "Man Smart" elevated by Brent's vigor, Clarence's riffing and a devotion to disposable but simply engaging party music. "Terrapin" is the right choice, however at times its heights appear too daunting to properly scale. Even so, it's fine, but that's it. We've got some chanting guests during an easy to follow "Drums." The added percussionists stay on-stage during "Space." It mildly twists and turns til we end up reciting the recycling themes of "The Wheel." The groove grows in strength leading to a wonderful build to "Gimme." It broadly rocks even if Phil enters a little too soon. "Watchtower" is well-structured if a little too 'we're testing the waters...' FEEL that heat in the 4's, 5:40's of "Morning." It's so carefully beautiful...so tenuous. Late it's as holy as a yoga session...it feels right but still deliberating...Jerry catches a vine somewhere around 9:25 and he lays a line that everyone's a bit afraid to grab onto...so there's no climax, rather it was in the 4's...but still they do a rarely performed segue in a convincing fashion... end of the "Sugar" jam. Over the top corn-fed goodness extends through the "Sunshine Daydream."
The, of course what will be an extended encore, starts out with a war siren into a kinda grungy "Wharf." An even-tempered but festive "GDTRFB" pciks uo the pace. After CC's sax solo, Jerry finally brings some yummy Chuck Berry lines. Delciously frantic in late 4's. We're not talking '100 Year Hall' with the "GDTRFB->Saturday" combo but both are fitting combustible choices to rin us into 1989.
3 3/5th stars
Subject: Grateful for furthernet!
I downloaded this SBD from furthernet and it sounds fantastic! The SBDs are still out there, you just have to find them. When they are this good, it's worth the effort.
Subject: Boycott Shmoycott
This is a great sounding show - good balance of SBD and audience.
The music is played with feeling and the band is tight. That's what it was/is about.
Subject: boycott boycott boycott
I can't download it so what the f*** is the use?
Subject: God I miss Brent
You know it's going to be a great show when Brent wills the whole band to peaking on the first song. It just gets better and better after that...
Subject: Get this one!
Great show and awesome mix. I fell asleep listening to this show, and during Warf Rat I dreamed I was patching into the board... I awoke and realized it was only a dream, there are no more shows to patch into. MANY THANKS to those who did patch in!
One of the most beautiful preludes into The Wheel ever, as well as an amazing Dew. Note Bobby clipping Jerry's fadeout noodling into the SSDD a little early...rumors abounded of hurt feelings after that one.
Subject: All that and Clarence Clemons too
Outstanding show, high-energy from start to finish. Sound is quite good (I haven't compared it to the remaster, though). Clarence Clemons turns in a great performance, which is what this show is best known for, but if the saxophone disappeared it would still be an excellent show. This is easily my favorite Drums ever, with a lot of strange noises that I think are Kitaro's doing. The "Let The Good Times Roll" opener sets the theme for the whole night; boy, do they roll.